Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/2/97
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/2/97
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 2, page 128.
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Dec 1785

Scope and Content

From Rev. Richard Dillon at Dr Leslie's house in Coombe, Dublin, to Charles Wesley at Chesterfield Street, London, asking his advice re the future direction of his ministry. Dillon's constitution which has never been strong, has been so impaired by the rigours of life as an itinerant, that he feels unable to continue. Moreover his work with [John] Wesley in London is so objectionable to the bishop and clergy of this diocese, that he has no hope of being admitted to a parish, or even to preach in a church. He was therefore interested to discover that the parish of Glenorm in the diocese of Down and Connaught has been vacant since April 1784, and has lapsed to the crown due to the neglect of the ecclesiastical authorities to fill the vacancy. He is keen to be appointed to the parish, not through desire for profit but to do God's work. The value of the benefice is in any case only £50 per annum. Perhaps Lord Dartmouth [William Legge] could be approached on his behalf. He is acting as tutor to the children of Dr Leslie, and is not finding the work agreeable. Ina postscript he mentions writing to John Wesley on the same subject.